Azeem Victor had an up and down career at the University of Washington. Once earning All Pac-12 honors before injuries and suspensions hurt his play on the field. The Raiders selected Victor with the 42nd pick of the 6th round. Here’s a look at what they got.
Arm length: 33”
Hand size: 9 3/8”
Bench press reps: 19
Vertical jump: 32.5
Broad jump: 9’07”
Short shuttle: 4.4
2014: 4 games, 4 solo, 5 total
2015: 12 games, 59 solo, 95 total, 9 Tfl, 1.5 sacks, 6 PD, 1 Int, 1 FR, 2 FF
2016: 9 games, 46 solo, 68 total, 3 Tfl, 1 PD, 1 FR, 1 FF
2017: 9 games, 21 solo, 30 total, 2 Tfl, 2 sacks, 3 PD
A sudden athlete on film. Victor is capable of slicing through offensive lines and making stops for no gain in the run game. Victor has ideal size for the position with long legs and arms to keep blockers away from his frame.
Victor flows to the ball carrier and has a knack for picking his way through traffic. When he arrives, he can deliver a blow with bad intentions, rolls his hips through tackles consistently.
A read and react linebacker who flashes burst and ability to track down ball carriers inside the box.
Runs around blocks too often, rarely delivers a punch on any linemen. When he does he gets knocked back and has no counter for taking on a blocker.
QBs can move him around in coverage, and Victor struggles to make plays against the better QBs he faced. Too often a step late in coverage and fails to chase down receivers in the open field.
After initial burst Victor’s speed is questionable. Might not be able to play sideline to sideline in the NFL. Just an average athlete in the NFL as far as testing goes.
Fit with Raiders:
Victor will challenge Marquel Lee or Emmanuel Lamur for a roster spot. All are linebackers with good size and figure to contribute mostly on special teams. Victor looks like a fluid athlete on film and has that edge when it comes to special teams play where he will most likely have to carve out a spot for himself in kick and punt coverage. Victor’s natural fit is at outside linebacker in a 4-3 and has the size to match-up against TE’s. Victor will have to improve taking on blocks before he sees the field on defense. If he earns a consistent place on the field it will likely be as a 2 down linebacker and special teams ace.